Ron Akana, age 83, has worked as a flight attendant for 63 years, clocking some 20 million miles along the way, the equivalent of circling the globe about 800 times or flying roughly 40 times to the moon and back. Though no one tracks seniority across all airlines, he is widely believed to hold the title of longest-serving flight attendant in the United States.

Mr. Akana was recently profiled in The New York Times in an article that points out 40 percent of 110,000 flight attendants in the U.S. are 50 or older while less than 18 percent are 34 or younger. While the American work force has aged because of demographic shifts, the ranks of flight attendants have aged faster.

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